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Province approves Wpd Canada’s application to build 8 turbines near Collingwood airport

Michael Gennings — Stayner Sun — December 15, 2013

Simcoe-Grey MPP Jim Wilson said he is outraged the province has deemed Wpd Canada’s application to erect eight wind turbines west of Stayner complete.

The application has been uploaded to the province’s Environmental Registry (http://tinyurl.com/kxr2e4h) where people can review it and make comment.

The province says that all comments received prior to Feb. 1, 2014 will be considered as part of the decision-making process, which also includes a technical evaluation of the application.

The province can take up to six months to rule on the application.

Wilson said Friday he has written to Premier Kathleen Wynne, questioning the province’s decision to OK the application.

“I am writing to you today in response to your government’s decision to declare Wpd Canada’s application to build eight 500-foot industrial wind turbines on the flight path of Collingwood Regional Airport complete and accepted for technical review,” Wilson said in a letter to the premier. “As you are aware, my constituents and I strongly oppose this project.”

Wilson told Wynne the decision to deem the application complete was made “without consultation and in spite of safety concerns. It goes against resolutions opposing this development from the Township of Clearview, Town of Collingwood, and Town of Wasaga Beach.”

Wilson and municipal officials are concerned about how close the turbines would be to the airport. Officials say the turbines would pose a hazard to planes taking off and landing at the facility.

If the project is approved, the turbines would be situated just south of the airport. The closest would be 3.1 kilometres away.   Read full article here…..

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